UWTSD Swansea College of Art opens the 18th Annual Arts in Action Exhibition


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is holding their annual Arts in Action  Exhibition with an official opening on July 12, at the Dynevor Centre.

The Arts in Action Residency Programme delivers up to 20 Projects annually in Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the region. Part funded through the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership (SWWRWP) Arts in Action projects show children, their parents and their teachers the many different career paths in art and design and the projects aim to give encouragement to future generations of artists and designers to emerge from our villages, towns and cities.

The 2016 Arts in Action Exhibition will be officially opened on July 12 by Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of Art &Design at UWTSD and will feature a variety of work created by pupils from 15 schools in the Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire areas including the premiere of a film produced by Sandfields Comprehensive N&PT and a performance by Blaenymaes Primary School.

Their work, produced using a variety of creative media will be on display, including stained glass, illustration, photography, performance, textiles, film, drawing & painting.

Jenny Vobe-Tancock, Arts in Action Coordinator/Faculty Projects Manager, SCA, said: “For the last 18 years the Arts in Action team have worked with student artists to deliver over 200 individual projects with local schools through the medium of both Welsh & English – that’s over 6,500 children engaged to date!

Every year as we put up the exhibition we are simply amazed at the creativity, variety and quality of work produced by our children and young people. The exhibition is a culmination and celebration of what has been achieved”

The Arts in Action Residency Programme is all about sharing and collaboration. For the artists (all students studying Art & Design or Performing Arts at UWTSD) these projects are often the first time that they work within their discipline in the wider community. For the teachers it’s an opportunity to work alongside these emerging artists to develop a working knowledge of a variety of processes and mediums and for the school it’s about contributing to creative knowledge and expertise and ultimately leading to a richer and more creative curriculum.

For the pupils the wide variety of projects delivered over the years has introduced them to the diverse world of art & design – opening their eyes to the realisation that every aspect of our human-created existence involves art & design through creative and critical thinking – from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive.

Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of Art & Design, UWTSD said:  “Arts in Action’, what a title and what a project. Art is essential to every civilised society, a key building block in the education of every child. Art, Design and Media open countless doors of opportunity for young people. As a University we recognise the huge benefits that come from early engagement with the arts and it is the primary motivation behind Swansea College of Art’s enduring support for Arts in Action.”